News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

23 June 2015

WFP-EU Family Meal Photo Exhibition Opened By Commissioner Stylianides In Cyprus

LARNAKA, CYPRUS – Today Larnaka International Airport is launching a photo exhibition: “The Family Meal - What brings us together?” It shows how food assistance, funded by the European Union and delivered by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), improves the lives of hungry and vulnerable communities around the world.

23 June 2015

New Study Shows How Undernutrition Is Taking A Huge Toll On Burkina Faso’s Economy

Ouagadougou - The economy of Burkina Faso loses nearly FCA 409 billion (US$ 802 million) per year due to the effects of child under nutrition, according to a new study launched today in the capital by Mr François Lompo, Minister of Agriculture, Halieutic Resources, Sanitation and Food Security, representative of his Excellency, Lt Col Isaac Zida, Prime Minister of the transitional government of Burkina Faso.

School Meals
23 June 2015

WFP Works With Education Ministry And Russian Federation To Boost School Meals In Kyrgyz Schools

BISHKEK – The UN World Food Programme and the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education and Science are expanding the Kyrgyz Republic’s school meals programme in the country’s poorest rural areas with financial and technical support from the Russian Federation.

22 June 2015

UN Agencies In Algeria Urge Sustained Assistance For Sahrawi Refugees

ALGIERS – To mark World Refugee Day, the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR) organized a Ramadan iftar (meal served at sunset) at the National Foundation Centre for the Promotion of Youth and Sport Initiatives. Refugees participated, alongside government representatives, diplomats and partners in order to demonstrate that they are ordinary people living through extraordinary circumstances.  The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s fund (UNICEF) also attended the event, at which UNHCR urged the international community to respond to recent funding cuts.

19 June 2015

WFP Launches Investigation Into Damaged Rice In Nepal Village

KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an immediate investigation into how 120 bags of rice in Laprak, Gorkha district, were damaged.

Climate Change
18 June 2015

WFP Executive Director Applauds Papal Encyclical On Climate And Environment

Statement from Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme.

ROME - The UN World Food Programme applauds Pope Francis’ call for urgent action to address climate change and its impact on the world’s hungry, poor people.

18 June 2015


KATHMANDU - WFP has investigated deliveries of rice made to earthquake-affected communities this week in Laprak VDC in Gorkha District, Nepal, and found that some of the food was damaged by monsoon rains during transport.

18 June 2015

World Refugee Day

Statement from Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme.

ROME - As another year passes we continue to see staggering numbers of men, women and children living far away from home, struggling to feed their children, send them to school, pay medical bills and live a normal, healthy life.

17 June 2015

New Study Finds Millions of People in Yemen Slipping into Hunger

Sana’a - A new study released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation in Yemen (MoPIC), on behalf of other technical partners, found that at least 6 million people in Yemen are severely food insecure and are in urgent need of emergency food and life-saving assistance – a sharp increase from the last quarter of 2014.

Responding to Emergencies
17 June 2015

EU & WFP Visit Ground-Breaking School Feeding Project To Stop Child Labour In Egypt

Enhancing Access of Children to Education and Fighting Child Labour

BENI SUEF – The Ambassador of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Representative in Egypt made their first field visit yesterday to their joint project to help end child labour in the country through enhancing access to education, especially for girls. The EU has financed this project through a generous €60 million contribution.


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